Ellery Eskelin has performed and recorded in many different lineups, but one of the bold and exploratory tenor saxophonist's longest-standing groups has been his trio with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black, which began in the mid-'90s and continued through the first decade of the 21st century. The group emerged after Eskelin abandoned earlier notions about the direction his music should take in jazz and creative improvisation, and served as a vehicle for the saxophonist to define his unique identity in both composing and improvising. Eskelin formed the band at an auspicious time and place in creative jazz, when he was an increasingly prominent contributor to the so-called New York downtown jazz scene, in which a community of artists actively blurred the boundaries of genre and style to create hybrid forms incorporating any and all influences.
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